2012 BMW ActiveE Project Announced by Turner Motorsport – Video

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

One of the world’s best-known BMW specialists, Turner Motorsport has announced its latest undertaking: an ActiveE project car.

The ActiveE, which is only available through a lease, is the German automaker’s electric car test with a range of around 100 miles, 168-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Not exactly a convincing contender in the world of electric vehicles, but Turner Motorsport is hoping to change that perception.

Turner is excited to get going on the project, looking forward to working on a BMW platform unlike any others they have built in its storied past. Of course the company’s initial reaction to the ActiveE has been interesting, considering there’s no traditional exhaust note, engine noise, or vibration being emitted. It will be Will Turner’s primary daily driver for commuting, and so far the project has received suspension upgrades in the form of Bilstein PSS10 coilovers that were built for the standard 1-Series.

So far the company is pleased with the suspension upgrade and is curious to see what effect it’ll have on the electric vehicle’s kw/mile consumption. Up next are wheels and it’ll be interesting to see if they can squeeze out more performance.

“We are doing this to try to keep on the cutting edge of automobile and BMW technology, says Jay Baier, Director of Marketing for Turner. “We have this project car to ‘test the waters’ to be ready for the release of new electric vehicles in the future. We want to have a step up in this area.”

The short clip below shows Turner Motorsport putting the ActiveE to an acceleration test.

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[Source: BMW Blog]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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